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Offline Cathy B

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Question from a complete paperweight novice
« on: October 11, 2006, 03:18:24 AM »
Would this be one of the more modern Chinese weights?

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260038803233

It's not mine, but I thought it was rather pretty, myself.

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2006, 04:12:17 AM »
Yes, it looks like one of the new Chinese weights. These newer weights are actually quite pretty. I've thought about getting a couple but invariably the seller asks an exorbitant shipping charge. I'll wait until I see one in a gift shop.
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2006, 08:06:50 AM »
Yes, I agree they are quite pretty.  I haven't actually managed to get one of them yet, to add to my collection of Chinese flower weights, but I hope to.  I've not seen them in any gift shops!  

But note the description in that ebay auction!  The seller uses both 'Murano' and 'Murano-style'  :?  :x

Having their cake and eating it too?   :roll:
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2006, 03:23:59 AM »
Re 'murano', sigh, it's just Australian ebay, you get used to it. The standard is getting much, much better, but here, "murano" just means glass. Any sort of glass. :roll:  :D

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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2006, 04:22:04 AM »
That seems to be the case with a lot of sellers in the states too. Sometimes when I do a search on 'murano' I turn up pages and pages of mislabeled chinese weights.
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2006, 02:30:56 PM »
if there is enough interest, why doesn't someone contact the sellers of these items and arrange a bulk order of say 20/30 items.

The postage could then be shared out.

The dahlia style weight is sort of attractive!!

Any interest?? Might even do it myself and sell at cost (inclusive of postage and any taxes!!)

Would probably work out at about £5.00 each?? And what can you buy for £5.00 these days (except a st louis pom pom at a car boot!!!)

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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2006, 02:29:46 AM »
Quote from: "glasstrufflehunter"
That seems to be the case with a lot of sellers in the states too. Sometimes when I do a search on 'murano' I turn up pages and pages of mislabeled chinese weights.


Not so much "mislabeled," as purposedly misidentified by a raft of devious sellers (most of them my fellow U.S. citizens) eager to sell for a penny and make their profit on the back end by soaking the winner on postage.

The old adage stays meaningful: 9 out of 10 times, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

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